Ballenger's Otorhinolaryngology

ISBN: 978-1-55009-337-7

  • 978-1-55009-337-7
  • 978-1-55009-337-7



January 2009
1191 pages; paperback 10”x13”

ISBN 978-1-55009-337-1

Price $249.00

James B. Snow Jr., MD, FACS

Professor Emeritus
Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Head and Neck Surgery
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Former Director, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

P. Ashley Wackym, MD, FACS, FAAP
John C. Koss Professor and Chairman
Department of Otolaryngology and
Communication Sciences
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


The first edition of Ballenger's text was published in 1908 and has since sold 150,000 copies worldwide in 10 languages. Dr. James B. Snow and Dr. P. Ashley Wackym have expanded this centennial edition to present a comprehensive reference text of currrent knowledge in otorhinolaryngology for the 21st century.

The 17th edition comprises 101 chapters organized into six sections, each edited by a leader in its discipline, including Dr. Wackym, Dr. Andrew P. Lane, Dr. John S. Rhee, Dr. J. Christopher Post, Dr. Gayle E. Woodson, and Dr. Scott E. Strome. The sections are topically arranged to address otology/neurotology, rhinology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, pediatric otorhinolaryngology, laryngology and bronchoesophagology, and head and neck surgery.

The presentation of basic science underlying clinical otorhinolaryngology has been expanded, and molecular mechanisms and genetics of disease are presented. Disorders of smell, taste, balance and hearing, voice, speech, and language are also emphasized to provide comprehensive coverage of the discipline. New chapters include Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy; Biofilms and Their Role in Ear and Respiratory Infections; Outcomes Research, Clinical Trials and Clinical Research; Robotic Surgery, Navigational Systems, and Surgical Simulators; and Chemoradiation for Head and Neck Cancer.

Blending state-of-the-art clinical techniques, methods and outcomes, together with coverage of scientific foundations in an accessible, reader-friendly manner, this book is designed to satisfy the informational needs of developing specialists and seasoned practitioners alike.

New chapters include Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Biofilms, Outcomes and Clinical Research, Robotic Surgery, and Chemoradiation.

Senior authors were chosen not only for original contributions but also for their intellectual leadership of the specialty. 
Basic science and clinical chapters stress the role of molecular biology in the pathogenesis of disease. Throughout, the genetic basis of disease has been emphasized. 

The book is a unique blend of state-of-the-art clinical techniques, methods and outcomes together with coverage of basic mechanisms and science. It provides students, residents, fellows and practitioners with the understanding necessary to participate fully in the use of molecular biology in therapy.

Key Features
  • More than 500 full-color clinical illustrations
  • Stresses the role of molecular biology and genetics in the pathogenesis of disease